“It is important that whatever the outcome, at a minimum the government insists the high-end technology development is done in Australia.”
Statement by John Pollaers, Chairman, Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council (AAMC)
“The acquisition strategy for the Future Submarine Program, announced today by Defence Minister the Hon Kevin Andrews, is a positive and welcome step towards developing Australian technological capabilities,” the Chairman of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, John Pollaers, said today.
“The Government has made it clear it expects International tenders to show they have the ability to
work closely with Australian companies, including in combat system integration, design assurance and land based testing,” Mr Pollaers said.
“The Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council strongly supports the Government’s emphasis on ensuring that tendering consortia demonstrate an ability to partner with Australian industry.
“It is important that whatever the outcome, at a minimum the government insists the high-end technology development is done in Australia, “ he said.
“The acquisition of a new fleet of submarines to replace the Collins Class is the most important project with nation building potential that Australia will do in coming years.
“The cost/value equation for Australia of the submarine program is much more sophisticated and important to our future than would appear at first glance. It has the potential for advanced manufacturing throughout Australia, not just in South Australia.”
The Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council is a CEO-led private sector initiative pursuing Australian success in advanced manufacturing. The AAMC brings together industry leadership to drive innovation success and resilience in the Australian economy.